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Steven Truong


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Why is it that classical music is now ignored by the majority of society?

Sure, classical music still exists and is still evolving with new compositions. However, this perennial genre of music has been evidently on the decline with the rise of other types of music that is unfortunately promoted over classical music. I understand that with new generations come new tastes due to media and pop culture, but classical music has been preserved prominently from the Baroque period (1600s) well into the Contemporary and Late Romantic era (late 1800s- 1970s ish). I feel as though classical music should be integrated into education (it is in orchestra, choir, band etc) as a core subject as art is necessary along with athletics to foster a well balanced student. Unfortunately, this antiquated music is left behind and I am afraid that it will one day vanish as the number of composers are dwindling. What are your thoughts on this?


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    Jul 30 2013: I think classical music is something like documentaries, or thick classic literature, or good wine, or proper charcuterie boards, or going on a portage--there needs to be proper induction into it, or else, people don't get the appeal. Then there are Teflon philistines like me :( no matter what you do.

    Despite being the guest to numerous operas in life with older friends, and having parents who play classical music often, I don't naturally gravitate towards it myself. I still don't get it. Except for the really well known compositions, maybe the musical progression has an unpredictable algorithm that doesn't stick well (?) I've really enjoyed the TED talks that have attempted to reveal the magic behind this. It is a goal in life to understand what the big deal was with Wagner.
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      Aug 3 2013: I honestly don't know how you got 100+ TED Creds and put "documentaries" in that list. I see your "BBA from York University; B.Ed from University of Toronto; M.Ed from University of Toronto" and I add a BS in classical music AND documentaries.
    • Aug 5 2013: There's a telling discussion of Beethoven's 5th in here someplace... it is a long docu:
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        Aug 6 2013: fabulous! thank you so much for this! am gonna watch all 6!
        • Aug 7 2013: It's classic itself in that you get new things from watching more than once (even though it's soo huge). I read the book several times ages ago, since it's been available on youtube I've only watched it twice(:). I shall view it again, but I think this time I have to break it down into smaller sections.
          Enjoy! and thanks for the reply etc :).

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